Fantasy Football Week 3: Bold Moves To Win Your Fantasy Matchup

Michael DixonAnalyst IIISeptember 24, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 3: Bold Moves To Win Your Fantasy Matchup

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    With one day remaining before Week 3 of the NFL season, fantasy owners everywhere are scrambling to try to make a move or two that will put them over the edge

    Now, the first two weeks of the NFL season have been quite unpredictable. After all, how many people predicted that Cam Newton would eclipse 400 yards in each of his first two games?

    Now that we've seen two weeks of NFL action, things should be a little more predictable.

    But, are you lined up against a tough opponent this week that should smoke you? Are you in a tough match and trying to find points anywhere you can get them? Are you going to win big anyway but just want to run the score up on your big rival?

    It doesn't really matter why you are trying to figure out what to do. The fact is that you are.

    So, if you're looking to make some moves, consider these. While some are obviously specific to certain fantasy owners that have specific players, these are moves that people could make.

    For instance, I am not going to suggest that you pick up Tom Brady. If by some miracle he's available in your league, play him. But I am assuming that that's not an option for anyone.

Sign Arizona's Defense

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    At the beginning of the week, these guys were owned in fewer than five percent of ESPN leagues. As of right now, they are owned in more than 16 percent of those leagues. So there are obviously some people out there who are going along with this.

    Frankly, I don't trust Arizona's defense. They will be dropped approximately five seconds after my league allows players to be dropped.

    But all of the questions over their defense are irrelevant when they are playing Tarvaris Jackson and the Seattle Seahawks.

    The Seahawks' offense has looked inept in the early season. My prediction for this game is that Arizona will win relatively easily. But if I am wrong on that, I see a low-scoring game where Seattle will still turn the ball over a time or two.

    So, don't be afraid to go with a statistically bad defense when they are up against a bad offense. Defense is a place where streaming isn't a terrible idea.

Sign Mike Nugent

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    A kicker? You obviously can't see me right now, but I am saying this with an entirely straight face.

    Nugent is a perfect five-for-five on field goal attempts this year and four-for-four on extra points.

    The Bengals happen to be playing the 49ers defense, which is a good matchup for fantasy kickers. San Francisco's pass defense has been shaky, but their run defense is one of the best in the league.

    So, teams frequently get into scoring position, but then have a hard time punching the ball into the end zone. When the 49ers' defenders don't have a lot of ground to cover, they are very stingy.

    Assuming the offense doesn't turn the ball over, that leaves plenty of chances for the kicker to rack up plenty of fantasy points. Even if they score a touchdown, there's a point to be had with the extra point.

    Like defense, kicker is a position that can be streamed with some success. Nugent is available in nearly all ESPN leagues. I would pick him up and actually ride him for a few weeks. The Bengals are a team that will kick a lot of field goals this year.

Don't Play Arian Foster

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    I certainly understand the desire to milk Foster for all he's worth. You probably took him with a top-five pick, so you don't want him on your bench.

    But if Foster plays at all this week, it will be in a sparing role. Houston has the weapons in place that will allow Gary Kubiak to ease Foster back.

    Ben Tate has hit 100 yards in each of his first two games. When you consider the kind of defense that New Orleans plays, it's entirely possible he'll do that again.

    Incidentally, Tate is available in a few leagues. If you can sign him, stop what you are doing right now and do it. You can come back later for the final slides.

    But as for Foster, just be patient with him. Don't be afraid to be a week late on activating him. Playing him early risks getting little to no production at an important position.

Sign Eric Decker

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    Kyle Orton has a tendency to get comfortable with receivers. Opposing defenses like that, but so do the fantasy owners of those receivers.

    In Orton's first year in Denver, Brandon Marshall led the team with 1,120 yards receiving. Okay, that's not exactly a surprise. What is a big surprise is that Jabar Gaffney had 732 yards.

    In 2010, Brandon Lloyd had 1,448 yards while Gafney had 875 and Eddie Royal had 627.

    Even though Denver has a new coach this year, receivers tend to do well in Denver, even if the team doesn't.

    While Willis McGahee is a solid running back, Knowshon Moreno is nursing an injury. He'll likely play, but Denver is still easing him back into action.

    That leaves the passing attack as a big part of the offense.

    Decker has 166 yards receiving with two receiving touchdowns this year. He has another on a return. On that note, if your league counts individual return yards, Decker is more of a slam dunk.

Sign Fred Davis

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    Davis trails only Jason Witten in tight end receiving yards through two weeks.

    In two weeks, Dallas' defense has allowed 10 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns to opposing tight ends.

    This seems like a match made in heaven. What's even better is that Davis is available in more than half of ESPN's leagues.

    If he's available in yours, sign him. Davis isn't exactly a fluke. He had a very respectable 509 yards and six touchdowns in 2010.

    Davis is a guy that you can sign and ride for a while.

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